Henry S., age 26, Michigan

Worked at the kitchen part this forenoon.  Drew what fodder corn I raised this year and stacked it near the farm; it makes a very small showing for Jimmie’s fed and I will have to buy considerable stuff for him.  Drew some manure onto the garden in a poor place that needs enriching.  Went to the sing tonight; it was held in the hall to kind of prepare for the concert tonight.  I called at Dr. Taylor’s and he said they were fixing my room at the college, so I think I may commence to teach next week.

*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Mike isn’t interesting enough. Casey said that he likes me, but w/e. Em picked me up. Went 2 Juice Shop and then 2 work (Ann and Jason). Home by 6:00. Did homework. Ate. Homework. Sean called and basically said Mike only got up with me ’cause people pressured him and he was drunk. Thanx. Talked 2 Courtney and Ashley. Wish I had Courtney with me. I LOVE HER.

Marcy S., age 62, North Carolina

Long letter from Mark on Saturday asking me once again to accept the reality of his relationship with Sandra W. and the termination of his marriage with Sandra S. I had already been convicted by something Brother Oscar said last Sunday night: “My responsibility is to pray for the unsaved person, not to convict him — this is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit. I am to be loving, kind, and tolerant.” I realized that I had been trying to convict Mark of his sinful behavior by refusing to accept his relationship with Sandra W. In my heart I had been judging and condemning him. As Brother Oscar said, I must release Mark unto God through prayer and then just simply love him. So I wrote Mark yesterday and confessed my sin and asked his forgiveness. A burden has been lifted! I feel free now to love and accept Mark and Sandra W. — thank You, Holy Spirit, for convicting me and giving me the gift of repentance.

Now I must write Sandra S. For some time now I’ve had the feeling that I shouldn’t keep encouraging her to have faith that Mark would come back into their marriage, but rather begin to make a new life for herself without him. Mark says she is beginning to do this so now I must encourage her in that direction. I do pray, Lord, that Sandra will find real happiness and fulfillment in a Christian marriage. May Your perfect will be done for her.

Mark asked me to try to understand that he did not share my beliefs (about sin, etc.) and that to his way of thinking, his present lifestyle is much less “sinful” than before he left Sandra S. He has stopped lying and smoking (pot) and is being faithful to one woman. His life must really have been a mess!

Of course, Lord, I know You can still work a miracle and restore Mark and Sandra’s marriage, but I know, too, that You never force anyone to do something against his will. The future is in Your hands. For now, I believe You want me to accept reality and pour out Your love on all involved in this situation.

Samuel P., age 27, London

To my Lord’s in the morning, where I met with Captain Cuttance, but my Lord not being up I went out to Charing Cross, to see Major-general Harrison hanged, drawn, and quartered; which was done there, he looking as cheerful as any man could do in that condition. He was presently cut down, and his head and heart shown to the people, at which there was great shouts of joy. It is said, that he said that he was sure to come shortly at the right hand of Christ to judge them that now had judged him; and that his wife do expect his coming again.

Thus it was my chance to see the King beheaded at White Hall, and to see the first blood shed in revenge for the blood of the King at Charing Cross. From thence to my Lord’s, and took Captain Cuttance and Mr. Sheply to the Sun Tavern, and did give them some oysters. After that I went by water home, where I was angry with my wife for her things lying about, and in my passion kicked the little fine basket, which I bought her in Holland, and broke it, which troubled me after I had done it.

Within all the afternoon setting up shelves in my study. At night to bed.

*(The Diary of Samuel Pepys M.A. F.R.S., edited by Henry B. Wheatley F.S.A., London, George Bell & Sons York St. Covent Garden, Cambridge Deighton Bell & Co., 1893.)

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Court in Asheville this week. Mr. Henry went. He is not at all well. Joe Russell & Mr. Furgerson came home with him & stay all night. It was late when they came (dark). We had not had supper. Very cool this evening. I have been quilting a little today. Mr. Henry had a chill after he got home & a high fever. I fear he will be sick.

*(Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journals and Letters of the Henry Family, Eds. Karen L. Clinard and Richard Russell, used with permission.)

Henry S., age 25, Michigan

Pa and Willie went to Dexter this forenoon to get some trees he had ordered from a nursery. Uncle Robert and I husked corn the most of the day. Pa helped Rosiers [?] thrash this afternoon. The machine came here tonight and we will thrash tomorrow. It has been a warm day.

*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

Went to Kathy’s church. Boring. Went to Crabtree. Got 2 new shirts from Razzle Dazzle. Went to Tarboro. Depressing because Eleanor. She said she’s ready for the angels now. Oh, God, please send them down soon. Got home at 8:15. Phred called. Don’t like even a little. Sean called — love ’m to death. Shannon called — love her, too. Looked at “Making Peace with Food” book.